Most of us have warm memories that stem from the holiday season. Many of them may include the annual tradition of trimming a tree with garland, lights, and ornaments.
Perhaps, as a child, you had a special ornament that you looked forward to putting up each year, or maybe you received an ornament from a loved one that you remember opening as a gift. Or maybe you have ornaments in your collection that you can recall putting on your very first Christmas tree, or that are tied to powerful memories or experiences in your life.
Holiday ornaments are more than decorations. Ornaments evoke memories and feelings within us, and are passed down through generations as treasured heirlooms. Artist-made ornaments are truly worthy of that keepsake distinction, tying an artist’s personal story to our own.
The Artful Home Ornament Collection has been a highly-anticipated annual occurrence for many years. In the beginning, it consisted of a very small collection of about a dozen ornaments from artists we sought out and asked specifically for their work to be featured.
Some of our artists have created ornaments for us for a number of years, and each ornament they make is exquisite and unique. One of the 2015 ornaments, the Murrini Sphere by Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney, was designed specially for Artful Home’s 30th Anniversary.
In recent years, we’ve had the luxury of choosing a select, curated collection of stunning ornaments. Each is chosen with a great deal of thought, and we view our collection as a treasure trove, filled with jewels that are each unique and extraordinary.
Some artists absolutely love making ornaments, and that is the form of artistic expression they prefer and their primary product. Other artists are well known for their larger sculptural work, and we take pride in presenting collectors with the opportunity to acquire a miniature work of their art in ornament form, made with the same level of skill as their larger works. In both cases, the pride in our artists’ craft shows in the exquisite ornaments they create.
Our collection encompasses a wide variety of glassworking methods — blowmolded, flameworked, fused glass, cold worked, and cast glass, among others. The techniques are as individual as the ornaments and the artists themselves, each ending in a stunning result. The breadth of the collection spans all types of ornaments, from colorful globes to detailed figures, to holiday icons and lifelike creatures.
Each appeals to different people, bringing to mind a favorite memory, a specific gift recipient, or a personal emotion. Even an ornament’s name can evoke feelings, inspiring us to view the ornament in a way we may not have originally thought of.
There is truly something for everyone, and each ornament is extraordinary. Each could be a family heirloom, and the memories and emotions of this year’s collection can be a part of your holiday celebrations for years to come.